We've got big plans this year…

Project 2036

The face of Britain is changing radically, rapidly and radiantly.

Project 2036 is a three year programme that will offer a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) playwright, director and producer a £10,000 bursary each year, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The class of 2017 will be:

  • Alison Holder (Producer)
  • Rikki Henry (Director)
  • Hannah Khalil (Playwright)

The applications window for this year’s Project 2036 intake has now closed.


Census data suggests that within 20 years (or by 2036) half of all young people in London will be of dual heritage. We see that change on our streets. We want to see that change on stages and behind scenes across our city. We fear as an industry we are reacting much too slowly, and in some cases hardly at all. It’s crucial that we create opportunities for a rich diversity of artists to make work on our main stages and so redefine the canon of British theatre.

Working collaboratively with their peers, each year will see three creatives develop work tied directly to our brand new Studio space which is being created as part of our 2016 redevelopment plans.

Five candidates for each discipline will be selected to attend an interview with a panel including Madani Younis (our Artistic Director). Successful candidates will be chosen based on their genuine interest in new writing, their potential as assessed in the interview and from the strength of their portfolio. The Bush Theatre will seek to place three creatives each year who can learn from one another and form a successful creative relationship during the course of their time working together at the Bush.